Suspects release kidnap victim 'for P300,000'

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Monday, July 14, 2014


LINAMON, Lanao del Norte -- A four-year-old female child who was abducted by two armed men on Saturday, July 12, was released in less than 12 hours in Barangay Lumbac, Baloi town in this province.

The victim is a daughter of a couple engaged in trading copra who resides in the municipality of Linamon.

The victim’s father, who is a soldier assigned in one of the provinces in Mindanao, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview: “We are very much thankful to God for the safe release of our child. I don't care if I will be replaced as a kidnap victim for as long as our daughter is safe.”

“Early in the morning of July 12, around 8:30 [a.m.] we saw a suspicious-looking woman in front of our residence. I was about to leave for an official travel then," the father said.

At that time, the child was playing with other children but her father brought her inside the house before leaving.

“[A] few hours later, I decided to leave for Iligan City and hugged my daughter upon leaving. When I arrived in Iligan City, I received a call that my daughter was abducted by two suspected armed men on board [a vehicle into an] unknown direction. While the suspicious-looking woman was held by a civilian [and] the others who witnessed the incident,” the father said.

Alerts were sent to various military commands in the two Lanao provinces and police detachments to track down possible route and exits of the kidnappers.

Inspector Domingo S. Murillo, Linamon police station chief, identified the woman as Janesah Hadji Raup, 22 years old, and a resident of Pantao Ragat town in Lanao del Norte.

Raup is now detained at Linamon police station for further investigation.

“The victim was brought to a house in Lumbac, Balo-i, where she was allowed to take a rest while negotiations went on until past midnight on Saturday,” Murillo said.

Amor Masbud, a retired police officer, led the negotiations and brought the child to Linamon police station around 2:10 a.m. of July 13 where the child was reunited with her parents, sisters and her grandfather who is a high-ranking official in the town, Murillo said.

Murillo denied a ransom of P300,000 was demanded in exchange for the child’s freedom.

He said a case would be filed in one of the regional trial courts at the Hall of Justice in Iligan City today, July 14.

It is up for the family to file an affidavit of desistance before the court.

“We have to file the case to prevent further abduction of people in Linamon,” Murillo added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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